Oberursel’s Carnival Procession – Sunday, 7th February, 2016

Sunday afternoon sees the annual carnival procession take place in Oberursel, with the usual number of large crowds expected.

The procession will form in the Altkönigstraße and then leave from “Am Rahmtor” at 2.11pm before crossing the Marktplatz and entering the Eppsteiner Str.

On reaching the “Homm-Kreisel” it will turn into the Holzweg and cross the Epinayplatz before entering the Henchenstraße, at the end of which it will turn into the Liebfrauenstraße.

The town executive in the carnival procession 2012From here it turn left into the Adenauerallee, right into the Aumühlenstraße and right again into the Austraße, before finishing in the Oberhöchstadter Straße around 2½ hours later.

A commentary of the procession will be provided at the Marktplatz, Epinayplatz, Holzweg, Oberhöchstadter Straße, Adenauerallee and in the Aumühlenstraße.

For those not wanting to stand, limited seating at the Marktplatz will be available from 1.30pm onwards at €5 per seat.

There are 167 groups, floats and vehicles registered to take part and after the procession a number of prizes will be awarded to them in the Stadthalle, where the party will start at 4pm.

Leading the parade this year will be 100 singers from the “Maasgrunder Entenbrüder”, “CHORiosum”, “Gersangsverein Germania 1873 Weißkirchen” and “Stierstädter Spatzen”.

Road closures and diversions

No waiting signs for the processionTo allow the roads to be closed to traffic, the town centre will be closed off from 1pm.

The Hohemarkstraße will be closed at “Im Diezen”.  Traffic travelling south will be diverted via Im Diezen, Erich-Ollenhauer-Straße, Freiligrathstraße, Herzbergstraße, Kumeliusstraße or Liebfrauenstraße, and back onto the Feldbergsraße.

The Feldbergstraße will be closed at the junction with the Liebfrauenstraße or Kumeliusstraße.  Traffic travelling north will be diverted via the Kumeliusstraße and Berliner Straße back onto the Hohemarkstraße.

The Freiligrathstraße will be closed between the Homm-Kreisel and Berliner Straße.

The bus routes 41 and 42 will still be operating but will travel around the Homm-Kreisel in the opposite direction to the normal flow of traffic.

It is expected that the roads will re-open at around 8pm.

To allow the procession to form in the Altkönigstraße, it will not be possible to enter or leave the Taunabad car park between 11am and 2pm.  Therefore it has been decided to close the swimming pool for the whole day.

Car parks

The car park “Altstadt” will be closed all day, and those with long-term parking will not be able to enter or leave the car park between 10am and 8pm.

The car parks “Stadthalle” and “City” will be open from 6.30am until 1am and will be offering a special rate of €2.50 for the day.

Bus diversions

Bus routes 41 and 42 will be diverted for the whole day.  Nr. 41 will avoid the Adenauerallee and take the Lindenstraße instead to Oberhöchstadter Straße.  A replacement bus stop will be located in the Lindenstraße for those travelling to Oberstedten, and for those travelling to Weißkirchen the bus stop next to the town hall that has been out of use will be used for the day.

Route 42 will avoid the Altkönigstraße and instead continue along the Dornbachstraße, turn into the Lahnstraße and then the Hohemarkstraße.  At the end of the Feldbergstraße it will rejoin its normal route.  The bus stop at the station will be replaced by one at the corner of the Feldbergstraße, there will be another one in front of the houses numbers 28 and 29, otherwise the bus stops of route 41 will be used.

Both routes will avoid the Holzweg.

The buses will be running at 30 minute intervals, rather than the usual Sunday timetable.

Free bus travel

The buses will be free to use within Oberursel on Sunday!  This applies only to routes 41, 42, 44 and 45.

Doughnuts at the Seniorentreff

For those who prefer an afternoon indoors the Seniorentreff will be holding a coffee afternoon with doughnuts at 2.11pm in the Hospitalstraße 9, finishing at 6pm.

About Graham Tappenden

Graham Tappenden is a British ex-pat who first came to Oberursel in 1993 and returned with his family to live there in 2003. He has been writing for AllThingsGerman.net since 2006. When not writing blog posts or freelancing for the Oberurseler Woche he works as a self-employed IT consultant solving computer problems and designing websites. In 2016 he gained German citizenship.

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